Director of ELA Curriculum Achievers Early College Prep Achievers Early College Prep

ABOUT ACHIEVERS:

Achievers Early College Prep Charter School (AECP) is New Jersey's first public charter school for students in grades 6-12 that provides them with the unique opportunity to take a course of study in STEM fields and Digital Media Arts following the 8th grade and earn up to 60 college credits, enabling students to redefine the high school experience and graduate with skills, experiences, and content mastery that's significant to them in the market place and the world beyond.


ACHIEVERS FIT:

  • Demonstrates a passion for and commitment to Achievers Early College Prep's mission
  • Thrives in a small-school environment (comfort with change and ambiguity, takes initiative)
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Experience in school(s) which rely heavily on intervention, literacy, and learning as a means to dramatically increasing student achievement develop content knowledge and skills (preferred)
  • Exhibits a laser-focus on rigorous instruction by emphasizing student engagement with complex texts, critical thinking, and comprehensive literary analysis
  • Strong skill in analyzing student work and student data, coupled with a deep commitment to data-driven decision making
  • Unwavering commitment to feedback, improvement, and notion of "I'M ALL IN!"
  • Belief in and alignment with Achievers core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable!
  • Culturally aware, culturally sensitive, and asset-based thinking a MUST!
  • Reports to the Principal

JOB GOAL

To provide leadership in the ongoing development and improvement of the instructional program of the high school, and to provide leadership in the development, implementation and coordination of the district's Grade 6-8 Curriculum.

Job Description

To build a more performing school, we need leaders to commit themselves to the most urgent and exciting work of our time! The Director of ELA Curriculum is focused on supporting teachers and instructional leaders to deliver high quality learning experience for our students that leads to exceptional academic gains. The Director of ELA Curriculum plays a central role in the success of our school and works closely with the Principal and Curriculum directors drive curriculum, assessment, and teacher development. Responsibilities include the following:

Data Driven Instruction

  • Conduct deep analysis of data in order to lead effective analysis meetings based on daily student work samples;
  • Build grade level/content area action plans and materials to address data;
  • Monitor grade-level progress against assessment cycle benchmarks.

Feedback and Teacher Development

  • Conduct daily observations, plan/execute feedback meetings that lead to teacher development, and support implementation of action steps;
  • Provide real-time feedback to teachers during instruction and contribute to teachers' mid-year reviews;
  • Plan and deliver high-quality professional development that trains teachers in systems and key pedagogical issues;
  • Plan and execute team meetings for grade-level or content-area staff.

Curriculum and Assessment

  • Own organization-wide curriculum and assessment work based on content expertise such as lesson planning, assessment revisions, collaborative scoring, and/or network analysis;
  • Facilitate assessment cycles including scheduling, quality assurance of assessment materials, and teacher/student preparation.
  • Acts as the testing coordinator

Compliance and Evaluation

Oversees the structure and organization of the Title I services at each school:

  • Works with the Principal on the goals for the school each year
  • Monitors the use the evaluation protocol and plans/facilitated for additional evaluation professional development
  • Assists administrators and teachers in the creation of SGOs for each school year
  • Facilitates the completion and implementation of the District's Strategic Plan
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the Principal

Mission-Alignment

  • Demonstrate a passionate commitment to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school;
  • Build professional relationships with teachers that support their development;
  • Collaborate with the Principal, Dean of Students, Special Education Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, School Social Worker, and other staff to support students' academic and socio-emotional development.

Qualifications

  • New Jersey School Administrator Certificate, Principal or Certificate of Eligibility (Strongly recommended, but not required)
  • Teacher Certification required;
  • Strong teaching skills and content knowledge;
  • Experience and interest in writing curriculum;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong communication and negotiating skills, and ability to work well in a team;
  • Ability to build, monitor and maintain systems that improve organizational efficiency;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed.
  • 3+ years working in classrooms and coaching teachers, preferably in urban schools and/or communities, with a proven record of strong academic achievement;
  • Bachelor's Degree.

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